2011 Radford Dale "Black Rock" Red Rhone Blend Swartland South Africa (Previously $25)

SKU #1137258

Radford Dale's Black Rock is a Rhone blend of dry-farmed, bush-trained vines with low yields and a concentrated profile. The Cinsault and Carignan vines are approximately 40 years old and the Syrah vines average about 20. The wine is aged for 15 months in barrel before being bottled unfiltered. From the winery: "The vibrant and immensely lively purple hue of this wine shines out of the glass. Its intricate spice, licorice and wild bush ‘fynbos’- aromas grab your curiosity, whilst preparing the senses for a highly individual and aromatic palate. A vinous and wonderfully charged mouthfeel combines with an array of lavender, spices, strawberries and even blueberries. A distinctly mineral quality pervades through the palate and creates lift and freshness in the flavours and a subtle, full and crescendo finish."

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/2/2013  | Send Email
A food wine for sure, full of red fruit and spice with medium tannins and a trace of minerality throughout.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

South Africa

- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Click for a list of bestselling items from South Africa.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5